Lee County crime: Teen fatally stabbed in Beauregard community; 1 in custody

Lee County authorities are investigating the Thursday night stabbing death of an Opelika High School student.

A 17-year-old man was found lying in the front yard of a Alabama Highway 51 home in the Beauregard community about 9:50 p.m. CDT after someone called 911. He had multiple stab wounds to his chest and was taken to the East Alabama Medical Center, where he later died, said Sheriff Jay Jones.

An 18-year-old man was later detained by Lee County sheriff’s deputies and he remains in custody as a suspect, though he hasn’t been charged with anything, Jones added.

The sheriff declined at this time to release the names of either man.

Jones said it appears a fight over money led to the stabbing.

“This was a fight between the two,” Jones added. “There were blows exchanged between the two.”

Deputies recovered a kitchen knife in the area of the fight that authorities believe was used in the stabbing.

Anyone detained by authorities must appear before a magistrate within 72 hours of their arrest, Jones said.